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Be prepared for a great night out

We joined the Real Journeys launch at the Oban Township jetty and were given an introductory talk... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
RonP967
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Greenfield, United Kingdom
Exceptional Tour! Just do it!

Beyond the fact that we did indeed see the elusive Kiwi on this tour, I want to thank Real Journeys... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kiwinesstours
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Matakana, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 January 2019

We have just spent nine weeks in New Zealand and enjoyed a lot of tours, but the wild kiwi encounter was by far the best. We not only learnt a lot we had the most exciting time first with a encounter with a seal and then seeing four kiwi our tour started at 8.30 and finished at 1.30
The ferry ride across, the lodge we stayed in and the tour was amazing and our tour guides John and Ollie was very informative.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

This was a truly fantastic night. From start to finish our guides impressed us with their passion for and knowledge of NZ flora and fauna and their easy, relaxed manner. On the way to see kiwi we were able to spot both yellow-eyed and blue penguins and seals. We were also lucky enough to watch a pod of dolphins following alongside the boat. Our guide Johnny then took us out for a couple of hours in the bush which ended up in us seeing a male kiwi. So magical. Johnny’s enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge and ability made the trip a really special experience. Well worth every penny and a trip I would highly recommend.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

LisaC7765, We are pleased you had a fantastic night seeing dolphins, seals, penguins and kiwi. Thanks for the five star review and your recommendation. We will pass on your positive comments to Johnny and the staff. Once again thanks for taking the time to post a review. The Stewart Island Experience team.

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Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our late night trip to find the elusive little kiwi, and with quite a lot of luck, and following the guide’s instructions on being quiet and light-footed, we were lucky to see a baby kiwi (very rare) and one adult.

We certainly saw fewer than some groups, but were so lucky to see the youngster. It just highlights that you really are up watching them in their natural surroundings.

And we learned a lot from the guide about this special little bird, and their habitat. Also how he tracks them with sound and sight.

Finally, we had the added benefit of seeing seals and numerous birds on the trip out, and even a little Blue Penguin when we returned to sure and got off the boat.

Very enjoyable, but this trip is for a nature enthusiast, and you do need to be a reasonably mobile Walker.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018

What an incredible experience this trip was, and our guides really made it for us by being so passionate about the job they were doing. We were so lucky on our trip and actually got to see 3 kiwi, one even walked right in front of us which was amazing and so special to see, especially in their natural habitat.
The whole trip is around 4 - 5 hours in total which includes a 1.5hr return boat trip and then a guided walk to spot the kiwi. I would advise wearing appropriate walking shoes and dressing warmly as you are walking on tracks/the beach for a few hours.
It's well worth the money and a must do if you're visiting Stewart Island!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Katherine P
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Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Robyn and Bevan were fantastic guides and made this trip informative and memorable. Great sightings of penguins and kiwi. Lucky enough to hear the kiwis very loud call!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Wild Kiwi Encounter - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

304debrag, Glad to hear that your evening included sightings of penguins and kiwi. We get a lot of positive reviews about how informative and knowledgeable our guides are - especially Robyn and Bevan. We will pass your comments on to them. Thanks for our five star review. The Stewart Island Experience team.

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